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Ozu's Tokyo Story

Ozu's Tokyo Story


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  • Editor: David Desser, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
David Desser, Arthur Nolletti Jr, Linda C. Ehrlich, Darrell William Davis, Kathe Geist, Hasumi Shigekiho
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  • Date Published: July 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521484350

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  • Ozu's Tokyo Story is generally regarded as one of the finest films ever made. Universal in its appeal, it is also considered to be 'particularly Japanese'. Exploring its universality and cultural specificity, this collection of specially commissioned essays demonstrates the multiple planes on which the film may be appreciated. The introduction outlines Ozu's career as both a contract director of a major studio and as a singular figure in Japanese film history, and also analyses the director's cinematic style, particularly his narrative strategies and spatial compositions. Other essays situate Ozu's cinema in its relationship to Hollywood film-making: his relationship to aspects of Japanese tradition, situating the film within artistic modes, religious systems and beliefs, and socio-cultural and familial formations. Also included is an analysis of how Ozu has been misunderstood in Western criticism.

    • Features essays by many of the major writers on Japanese cinema in English
    • Includes a translation from the work of Hasumi Shigekiho, one of the most influential Ozu scholars in Japan
    • First book to examine Tokyo Story from a variety of perspectives
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    ' … a text so varied that will surely find its way into many university classes.' Monumenta Nipponica

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521484350
    • length: 188 pages
    • dimensions: 225 x 151 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.28kg
    • contains: 33 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    A filmmaker for all seasons David Desser
    1. Ozu's Tokyo Story and the 'recasting' of McCarey's Make Way for Tomorrow Arthur Nolletti Jr
    2. Travel toward and away: Furusato and journey in Tokyo Story Linda C. Ehrlich
    3. Ozu's mother Darrell William Davis
    4. Buddhism in Tokyo Story Kathe Geist
    5. Sunny skies Hasumi Shigekiho.

  • Editor

    David Desser, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


    David Desser, Arthur Nolletti Jr, Linda C. Ehrlich, Darrell William Davis, Kathe Geist, Hasumi Shigekiho

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